Bas Rutten has stayed quiet about the reasons he stopped training Kimbo Slice after his fight with Seth Petruzelli, where the YouTube sensation got knocked out in just 14 seconds of the first round. With Kimbo now competing on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter, El Guapo finally broke his silence with Fighter’s Only Magazine.
“I misjudged him, he turned into a whole different person,” Rutten told the magazine. “I told him a few weeks ago, I had a sit down with him. I told him that he was an asshole and that I have zero respect [for him] and I cant train people that I have no respect for. Can’t ever.
“He just turned into a different guy,” Rutten continued. “He didn’t need to do the things that I told him to do. He wasn’t going to go to the ground, you know? The day before the [Petruzelli] fight, I told him I wanted to go over heel hooks and escapes, and he said “Nah, its not going to go to the ground”. I said ‘Ha, I like that attitude – but what if it does go to the ground?’ but he said ‘Its not going to go’. So I said OK, but don’t let me tell you ‘I told you so’ if he snaps your fuckin’ leg in half. He said ‘I don’t know if that’s a good thing for you to be telling me mentally, before a fight’! I said ‘I don’t think its a good thing for you not to be doing what I tell you, before the fight”!
Rutten went on to note that he has no interest in Kimbo’s career, feeling his work ethic leaves a lot to be desired.
“He learned some things but he started to forget them. In the Thompson fight he did some great escapes in round number one but once fatigue hit him, he didn’t do anything,” Bas stated.
“And what I didn’t like about the Thompson fight as well was he said afterwards ‘Yeah, we planned on fighting three rounds’ and I told him ‘Don’t say that, you were lucky the referee didn’t stop the fight in the second round’. Don’t say we planned to fight three rounds, it wasn’t a plan.”
Bas finished by saying that he will not coach students who will not listen to him.
“If they don’t do what I say, they are out. I am there for the best interests of the fighters, I want them to win,” he stated. “If they don’t accept that, bye bye.”
Season ten of The Ultimate Fighter, featuring Kimbo Slice, will debut on Spike TV on September 16, 2009 following UFC Fight Night 19.